Farmers are expected to hold demonstrations on Delhi borders and other parts of the country on Friday to mark one year of the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s farm laws.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the three controversial farm laws would be rolled back. The farmer unions welcomed the move but have said that they would not end their protest till the laws are formally repealed and other demands are met.
With the protest showing no signs of retreat, even after the Centre announced that the three laws would be repealed, farmers will hold several events and protests across the country on Friday.
To mark one year of the protest, a large gathering will be organised on Friday at the Delhi border.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of various farm unions spearheading the ongoing stir, on Thursday said that thousands of farmers are arriving in Delhi to mark one year of the protests.
The protest began with the “Dilli Chalo” programme on November 26 last year. Since then, thousands of farmers have gathered at the borders of the capital New Delhi, in one of the biggest challenges for PM Modi since he came to power in 2014. The rollback of the laws comes just ahead of critical elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is likely to move a resolution during Delhi Assembly’s special session on Friday for repeal of the Centre’s three new farm laws, compensation to families of over 700 farmers who died during protests and legal guarantee of minimum support price for crops, sources said.
It will also demand withdrawal of cases registered against the farmers during the protest against the farm laws, and the removal and arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur incident, they said.
According to the sources, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai will move the resolution.
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that they wrote a letter to the Centre recently and alleged that the government does not want to talk about the Minimum Support Price (MSP) as it will benefit farmers throughout the country.
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, Mr Tikait said, “We wrote a letter to the Centre a few days ago but have not received any answer yet. They do not want to talk about the MSP because it will benefit the farmers throughout the whole country.”